OAKLAND -- The Red Sox would like to get Shane Victorino back in right field as quickly as possible. But after Victorino's rehab was placed on hold for two days of treatment after he experienced some general stiffness, he needs at-bats before he can be cleared to return to the big leagues.
Victorino was held out for a second day Friday, with plans to play again on Saturday.
"We're going to get his activity built back up,'' said John Farrell. "Hopefully, that's (Saturday); if not, we're going to go day-by-day, when he's next available.''
Victorino has had just six at-bats while on his rehab stint with Pawtucket, and Farrell acknowledged more were necessary, though he declined to put a cite a specific number.
"We'll determine that once he gets back on the field,'' said Farrell. ''We've certainly got to get him out to nine innings; ideally, we'd like to get him playing back-to-back days. If we have to continue to manage those consecutive days when he comes back, we're open to that. But we feel like what he's dealing with right now isn't going to keep him out too long.
"Hopefully, we'll get him out on the field and back to us as soon as we can. We're certainly a better team with a healthy Shane Victorino. That goes without saying. But we've got to make sure that when we do get him back, he's with us for the remainder of the season.''
* The Red Sox went into Friday with the third-most walks of American League teams with 267, but over the previous three games, hadn't worked a single walk.
It marked the first time in franchise history that the Sox have gone three games in succession without a walk.
"We've got guys (pitching against us) attacking the strike zone,'' said Farrell, "and are throwing good stuff at us. I'm not seeing at-bats that are being given away. You still see a consistent approach. I monitor that by what's taken place in the box, conversations in the dugout and the preparation that we take care of each and every day.
"That's been consistent and competitive, but it hasn't always worked.''